Katrina Networking

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Needs List - UMCOR

2/11 Volunteering With UMCOR

There is still much more to be done. Annual conferences report a drop in volunteers, yet volunteers will be needed in force for years to come. Contact your jurisdictional volunteer coordinator to find out more about scheduling groups or going as an individual. You can also give to help rebuild churches through the Katrina Church Recovery Bishop's Appeal #818001. Learn more about this special appeal here.

Hurricane Response Report

Umcor Update

UMCOR Listed among “Big Names in Katrina Relief” by Newsweek

NEW YORK, NY, June 29, 2006 -The United Methodist Committee on Relief ranked sixth for the amount raised for hurricane relief in a recent survey by Newsweek of the "Big Names in Katrina Relief." UMCOR raised some $64.5 million for hurricane relief and rehabilitation that will fund long-term recovery for the next three years. This is in addition to the thousands of hours United Methodist Volunteers have put into the recovery effort and the $7.6 million United Methodists and others donated in relief supplies.
"UMCOR is thankful that the capacity for giving is so great," said the Rev. Paul Dirdak, UMCOR's Deputy General Secretary. UMCOR's policy of using 100% of all designated funds for their intended programs ensures every dollar donated will go to hurricane recovery. UMCOR uses other funding to provide for its administrative costs.
UMCOR's niche in long-term recovery is the day-to-day work of helping individuals and families restore their lives and recover what was lost in the disaster. By hiring and training local people to be case managers, or family advocates, UMCOR is able to accomplish this goal. Case managers help survivors by working with them to create their own plan of recovery. These advocates then ensure that survivors receive the assistance they need to follow this plan. "UMCOR's response through the Annual Conferences is much more than case management," said Tom Hazelwood, disaster response executive for UMCOR. "Our staff and volunteers can offer assistance such as building materials, rental assistance, and spiritual and emotional care because of the generous financial backing of United Methodists."
UMCOR is working in partnership with five annual conferences to assist the most vulnerable survivors for years to come. This system of working with annual conferences and coordinating efforts with local organizations ensures that UMCOR's relief and rehabilitation programs are not duplicating the efforts of other organizations and ensures that the particular needs of a given community are met.

UMCOR Sager Brown Issues Top Supply Needs

NEW YORK June 30, 2006-UMCOR's relief supply warehouse, the Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., issued a new list of most needed relief supplies this week. The top two needs are not the standard kits, but specific cleaning and bedding items that are needed to fulfill requests after 2005's many disasters. Interim Director Ted Warnock noted that relief supplies are needed in the following order:

1. Cleaning Supplies
2. Bedding

Cleaning Supplies
two 1 quart or one 82 oz. bottle
All purpose cleaner (like Lysol) 32. oz. bottle
Liquid laundry detergent Two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle
Heavy duty trash bags 24-bag roll, 33-45 gallon
Scouring pads Package
Paper towels Rolls – any quantity
Insect repellant spray 6-14 oz. can
Dust mask respirators Any quantity
Toilet paper Any quantity
Sponge mops with replacement pads Any quantity

All bedding should be new and in its original packaging.

Flat double-bed sheets (full size) Packages of 2
Pillow cases Packages of 2
Pillows Packages of 2

The link to print out a shipping label:

The address to send the items to:

UMCOR Sager Brown Depot
PO Box 850131
Sager Brown Road
Baldwin, LA 70514-0850

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